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7 migrants found dead near Spanish island

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM


Spanish officials say the bodies of seven migrants have been found close to the Canary Islands.

Civil Guard police said five dead migrants were found in a large rubber boat close to the coast of Lanzarote. Another two migrants retrieved from the sea by Civil Guard police died later.

Police later found 18 migrants who had made it to shore. Two others were rescued from the sea, one in critical condition.

Spain's Marine Rescue service initially reported six bodies had been found.

A person who had spotted the migrants around midday Monday called the police.

The service said the migrants are believed to be from sub-Saharan African countries.

Thousands of migrants attempt the perilous crossing from Africa in hopes of reaching European shores each year.